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    A View from the Pew


    This week, America Magazine ( released its October publication, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  A feature article written by Ladislas Orsy, S.J. called A Time to Harvest describes the Second Vatican Council as a sower of seeds waiting to be harvested by the church in this time and place.

    In a Skype interview with America Magazine’s online editor Tim Reidy, Fr. Orsy describes an ecumenical council as a “human reality and saving mystery.” He further calls the current turbulence of the church a great ‘tsunami of the Spirit,” disturbing the world with a magnanimous wave of turmoil to transform apathy into Christian activity in service of the world.

    When asked how the current church can harvest the seeds planted by the Second Vatican Council, Fr. Orsy responds that each of us within our own contexts must creatively identify what needs to be done. Stop complaining, quit whining and get on with the work of the creative Spirit of God. “If we each do what we can do in our own time and place, the Spirit will notice and come to help.” (Watch the YouTube interview at

    What can we do? We can gather. We can create a dialogue of learning, of growth and of change. We can go beyond praying and singing the ‘rite’ words to digging more deeply into faith so that it informs our decisions on a daily basis. Consider just a few of the present issues we face every day: sexuality, politics, beginning and end of life decisions, health care reform, the economy, drugs, domestic violence, gun laws, education. How do the prophetic documents of the Second Vatican Council inform a contemporary application of faith and reason?

    Let’s find out together. Introducing The Roncalli Center, named after Pope John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli), who followed the prompting of the Spirit of God and initiated The Second Vatican Council. Let’s examine the Second Vatican Council’s principle teachings and expectations and learn how to apply them to daily living.

    Save the date!


    October 23, 2012 at 7:00-8:30 pm

    Place: The Morency Gannon’s

    157 Stevenson Street

    New Bedford, MA 02745

    Submit any questions with your RSVP to 

    Inaugural Facilitator

    Father Thomas Gaughan, C.S.C.

    A native of New Bedford, MA, and graduate of Bishop Stang High School of the Diocese of Fall River, Fr. Tom Gaughan, C.S.C. earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1980 and his Master of Divinity degree in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Completing his doctoral studies in December of 2009, Fr. Tom received a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. His dissertation research focused on a methodology for effective preaching to college congregations.

    He was ordained as a priest for the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1987. Fr. Tom served the university community in a myriad of pastoral roles. He worked as the Associate Rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Notre Dame’s campus, served as Director of Retreats on campus for nine years and acted as the chaplain with the Notre Dame Folk Choir for seven years and participated as a member of the choir as a baritone. Fr. Tom served with distinction as the rector of Corby Hall for twenty years, ministering with compassionate care and pastoral integrity to thousands of students who resided in that residence hall.

    Since 1989 Fr. Tom has served as chaplain to several varsity athletic teams, most notably the Notre Dame Ice Hockey Team, which he has served since 1992. This past spring, Fr. Tom stepped down from his position as the rector of Stanford Hall where he served for twenty years. While working on publication aspects of his doctoral work on preaching for college age students during a six month sabbatical, Fr. Tom lives at the Holy Cross residence in North Dartmouth, MA.